Imphal, April 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government has never delayed taking important and tough decisions. Addressing a BJP election campaign at Hapta Kangjeibung he said the presence of people in such huge numbers, despite his late arrival by three hours showed that the people were supporting him. Mr Modi said he has been able to take tough decisions due to the support extended by the people. He asked if the people were happy with the Chowkidar and his performances.
The prime minister said the work done by his government had led to improvement in connectivity, ended blockades and violence. He said India’s standing at the global level had become quite high. Surprisingly, there would be no anti-incumbency factor this time as people were against the Opposition parties, he claimed. Mr Modi the Congress party and its allies don’t have good prospects in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
He alleged that Congress was doing what Pakistan wanted it to do, and added that people have faith in the armed forces and nobody wants to see two Prime Ministers one in New Delhi and the other in Kashmir he said.
He said all those who fought with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and unfurled the tricolour for the first time in Moirang in Manipur should punish the Congress party.
Reacting to Rahul Gandhi's promise to make Manipur and the region a manufacturing hub he questioned what was the party doing for such a long time and added that the Congress was good in manufacturing lies. He said there were only two mobile manufacturing units in India when he came to power but now there are 125 units now.
He assure that the work on railways have been expedited and the north eastern states will be connected. He questioned why the railway and other important works were pending for such a long time.
He said Congress never respected the sports personalities like Mary Kom, Kunjarani, Bombayla of Manipur and red card should be given to Congress. He said Congress leaders will not be seen after election and the BJP will change the way the north east was treated. In order to help women, women markets have been constructed in Manipur and policies framed to help youths, he said. The long pending demand to establish a ladies hostel at Bengalaru for the north eastern states was also approved, the PM said. Farmers will be given special treatment and now bamboo cultivation can be done legally, he said.
About three lakhs people will be benefitted under Ayushman scheme in Manipur and about one lakh women were given free LPG connections, Mr Modi said. Chief Minister N Biren, BJP state President Bhanbananda and BJP candidates also attended the function. PM Modi arrived here at around 1715 hours though he was scheduled to land around 1400 hours. From the Imphal airport he boarded a helicopter and reached Kangla from where he reached the public meeting venue by road. He addressed the rally for half an hour.
The militant outfits in the state had imposed a 17 hour shut down beginning 1 am today to oppose the prime ministers rally. Inspite of the shut down there was no untoward incident. Cor Com the umbrella of Manipur based militants had decided to boycott Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit. A high alert had been sounded in the state and security personnel were stationed at strategic places. All personnel on reserve were also called out and assigned duty. Barricades were erected at various places and a security ring was placed near Hapta Kangjeibung where the Prime Minister addressed the public meeting .
Due to the shut down, markets were closed down and passenger service transport systems were stopped. Only few vehicles were seen plying on the roads. Oil depots were also closed down. Prohibitory orders were imposed in the state and in all the areas bordering Myanmar. Within 500 metres range along the Myanmar border in the border areas ban was imposed on assembly of people. Manipur will go to polls on April 11 (Outer) and April 18 (Inner) for which eight and eleven candidates have filed nomination papers. Both seats are now occupied by Congress.
None of the sitting MPs have been fielded by Congress. BJP has put up the same candidates for Inner Manipur, while a new face has been put up in Outer Manipur.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi and BJP President Amit Shah have already addressed public meetings to seek votes for the elections. (UNI)